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CHIC-NILES ROGERS PRESENTS THE CHIC ORGANIZATION-BOX SET 1/SAVOIR FAIRE.

CHIC-NILES ROGERS PRESENTS THE CHIC ORGANIZATION-BOX SET 1/SAVOIR FAIRE. Considering how influential Chic proved to be, and the commercial success and critical acclaim they enjoyed, it’s about time a lovingly compiled and lavish box set celebrating their career was released. After all, for their first three albums Chic could do no wrong. Their 1977 eponymous …

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DIANA ROSS-DIANA.

DIANA ROSS-DIANA. While Diana Ross’ 1979 album The Boss had been commercially successful, reaching number fourteen in the US Billboard and number ten in the US R&B Charts, resulting in the album being certified gold, for the follow-up Diana wanted a more modern, contemporary sound. Then fate intervened, when Diana was handed an album of …

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CHIC-TAKE IT OFF.

CHIC-TAKE IT OFF. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a group or artists’ star can wane. In some cases, this is because the quality of their music is no longer as good as it once was, or it can be because their music is no longer fashionable. With Chic, the demise in popularity …

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SISTER SLEDGE-LOVE SOMEBODY TODAY.

SISTER SLEDGE-LOVE SOMEBODY TODAY. Recently, I bought a copy of Niles Rodgers new autobiography Le Freak, which I’ve been working my way through. In the book, he talks about all the artists and groups he’s worked with. One of these groups, was Sister Sledge, who with Bernard Edwards they wrote, arranged and produced two albums. …

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CHIC-CHIC.

CHIC-CHIC. Back in 1977, when I was growing up, one of the many sounds that immediately, grabbed my attention, was Chic. Not for me the angry, desolate sound of punk, that to me was a depressing, ugly sound, the anathema of what music should sound like. Instead, I’d become accustomed to The Sound of Philadelphia, …

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DAVID BOWIE-LET’S DANCE.

DAVID BOWIE-LET’S DANCE. In a recent article about Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), David Bowie’s 1980 album, I mentioned how this was the start of a really successful period for him. His next album was Let’s Dance, released in April 1983, and co-produced by NIles Rodgers of Chic. This was Bowie’s fifteenth album, in a …

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SISTER SLEDGE-WE ARE FAMILY.

SISTER SLEDGE-WE ARE FAMILY. In a recent article about, Chic’s second album C’est Chic, I mentioned how Niles Rodgers and Bernard Edwards had written, arranged and produced We Are Family, Sister Sledge’s third album. This was released in January 1979 in the US and April 1979 in the UK and became the group’s most successful …

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CHIC-C’EST CHIC.

CHIC-C’EST CHIC. Recently I was listening to an album of edits by Greg Wilson, Credit To The Edit, and one of the songs he’d created an edit of was Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah), one of the best known of Chic’s tracks. After hearing this track, it set me thinking just how hugely influential …

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